Media Arts and Design

The Breeze, 22807 magazine honored by state, regional journalism groups

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SUMMARY: The Society of Professional Journalists' Region 2 has named The Breeze the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper and 22807 the Best Student Magazine in a region that includes Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina. Another group, the Virginia Press Association, awarded The Breeze with 16 honors.

The Breeze received more than a dozen honors this weekend during regional journalism events near Richmond.

The student media group won 16 awards from the Virginia Press Association on Saturday night during the organization’s annual meeting and one honor from the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 2 earlier in the day.

The SPJ named The Breeze the Best All-Around Student Newspaper in among non-dailies in a region that includes Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina. SPJ also named 22807 magazine, a student project in SMAD 321, as best magazine in the region.

SPJ winners in this region will go on to compete nationally against winners in other regions. Winners will be announced in the fall.

Also Saturday, The Breeze received five first-place, six second-place and five third-place awards from the Virginia Press Association. The Breeze competed in the largest non-daily group, one that included newspapers of 7,000 or more circulation. The Breeze publishes 7,000 copies on Thursdays.

Here is a rundown of honors The Breeze received from the Virginia Press Association.

First Place

  • Best Website (

  • James Chung and Holly Warfield, photo illustration for a story about balancing school and sports

  • General Makeup/Design

  • Mike Dolzer and Robyn Smith, lifestyle-page design

  • Single-sheet Inserts (advertising and poster for GameDay)

Second Place

  • Daniel Stein, online photo slideshow of Dancing with the Stars of Harrisonburg

  • Erin Williams, feature photography for a Lil Dicky concert photo

  • Daniel Stein, general news photography for GameDay coverage

  • Ashleigh Balsamo and Corey Tierney, editorial-page design

  • Staff, front-page design

  • Staff, special-sections (Family Weekend edition)

Third Place

  • Staff, multimedia sports report for GameDay coverage

  • Port & Main staff, slick publications

  • Connor Woisard, Daniel Stein and Alexis Miller, online photo slideshow for GameDay coverage

  • Staff, special sections (Year in Review edition)

  • Editorial Board, editorial writing

Senior School of Media Arts and Design major Wayne Epps Jr. led The Breeze as editor during the contest period. He recently completed his tenure. Rising junior Robyn Smith, also a SMAD major, began work as editor in April.

Judges from members of the South Carolina Newspaper Publishers Association selected the VPA awards.

Published: Sunday, April 10, 2016

Last Updated: Saturday, June 4, 2016

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